In Distrust Of Movements
February 4, 2012 2:09 PM Subscribe
Twelve years before Occupy Wall Street Wendell Berry imagined something like it.
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In his essay, "In Distrust of Movements," Berry
proposed a "Movement to Teach the Economy What It is Doing" - which the Occupy movements at least attempted. Interestingly, the very qualities that prompted Berry to say he didn't trust movements are the very ones the media wanted to the Occupy movement to have:
"I am dissatisfied with such efforts because they are too specialized, they are not comprehensive enough, they are not radical enough, they virtually predict their own failure by implying that we can remedy or control effects while leaving causes in place. Ultimately, I think, they are insincere; they propose that the trouble is caused by other people; they would like to change policy but not behavior."